Overcoming addiction is a challenge. However, with a quality treatment program, you can achieve success. During treatment, you will learn ways to change negative behavior patterns and how you respond to different stimuli, and change your lifestyle to support healthier living. To learn more about addiction and changing your ways, you might want to get a better understanding of what prevents people from making changes, the basic skills for overcoming addiction and gather some insights on things you can do on a regular basis to incorporate the concept of change into your life.
What’s Preventing You From Changing?
Getting firsthand information from someone who has been on a journey of change is very valuable. In the post, “Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life,” the author first speaks about some of the obstacles that prevent people from changing including the following:
- Fear of change
- Not wanting to be uncomfortable
- Fear of uncertainty
- Being tired
- Fear of failure
- Fear of not being good enough
- Not having time
- Being busy with all kinds of things
- Waiting for something to happen
- Being overwhelmed with all that you have to do
- Not knowing how
The author fully recognizes that some of these issues may cause discomfort and uncertainty; however, they can be overcome and allow you to let you proceed with achieving your goals. You need to create a plan to overcome your fears, find motivation and prioritize. The results will allow you to ready yourself for one of the most important things you can do in your life — to overcome your addiction.
Step 1 – Decide to Make a Change
The post, “Overcoming Drug Addiction” provides valuable insights into this first step in regaining control of your life. While it is perfectly normal to feel conflicted about giving up drugs or alcohol, you also realize how much damage they are causing in every aspect of your life. Change is not a simple light switch that you can turn on or off; it is a systematic exploration of the things that you currently do in your life and the steps necessary to bring about change. You have to look at many aspects of your current life including the following:
- The way you deal with stress
- Who do you allow in your life
- What you do in your free time
- How you think about yourself
One of the best things you can do is look at each of these aspects individually. It can be too overwhelming if you try to tackle the entire list at one time. Change is a process, one that requires time, commitment, motivation, and support.
You may find it helpful to think about change with ideas including the following:
- Keep track of your drug use, including when and how much you use. This will give you a better sense of the role the addiction is playing in your life.
- List the pros and cons of quitting, as well as the costs and benefits of continuing your drug abuse.
- Consider how drugs affect the things that are important to you, such as your partner, kids, career, or health.
- Talk it over with someone you trust. Ask the person how she feels about your drug use.
- Ask yourself if there’s anything preventing you from changing. What are some things that could help you make the change?
- Think about your past attempts at quitting, if any. What worked? What didn’t?
Once you are clear on where you currently stand, pick one thing that you are prepared to change and take some steps to facilitate your success including the following:
- Remind yourself of the reasons you want to change.
- Set specific, measurable goals, such as a quit date or limits on your drug use.
- Remove reminders of your addiction from your home and workplace.
- Tell friends and family that you’re quitting and ask for their support.
Once you remove some of the fears and start taking small steps, you will experience small successes and those will motivate you to keep going.
Getting Ready to Change
To prepare you to get the help that you need, there are some steps that you can take to get yourself ready to change. The post, “How To Overcome an Addiction” provides suggestions including the following:
- Give yourself a date to reconcile your fears to prepare yourself to get treatment
- Seek support from both friends and professionals
- Identify your triggers
- Get yourself ready to change
- Document your attempts to stop using
This exercise will give you a great deal of insight into your addiction. This information will be useful for you to present to a quality addiction treatment program so that they can customize a treatment plan to meet your needs. In addition, you are readying yourself to engage fully in the many services that you will receive at the treatment facility. All of this work will increase your chances of success in overcoming addiction and living a sober life.